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Buddha's Light Mountain: The Buddhist Contribution to Democratic Civil Religion

Richard Madsen

in Democracy's Dharma

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9780520252271
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520941038 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520252271.003.0003
Buddha's Light Mountain: The Buddhist Contribution to Democratic Civil Religion

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This chapter discusses Buddha's Light Mountain, a religious organization commonly associated with owners of small and large businesses, government officials, and politicians. Its leader and founder is Master Hsing Yun, and the organization is known for presenting old rituals in new ways, as well as constantly developing new rituals. The chapter then looks at the efforts of the Buddha's Light Mountain to get their own expressions of Taiwan's moral order placed as part of the public representation of the country as a whole. It also presents some background information on Hsing Yun, the political vision and moral consensus of the organization, and its role in Taiwanese nationalism. The chapter also studies the “spirit of capitalism” that is spread by the Buddha's Light Mountain.

Keywords: Buddha's Light Mountain; Hsing Yun; old rituals; new rituals; moral order; political vision; moral consensus; Taiwanese nationalism; spirit of capitalism

Chapter.  13151 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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